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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

When I was in Hyde Park in London I saw people painting for public sale, others stood on boxes and lectured the crowd on one subject or another, there were very many groups of Arab men dressed in white dresses that went to the ground and following them in compact order were Arab women in burquas and small children. I did not see one Arab man with one or more child.

In contrast there were many men and women walking together with their children. I talked to several of them, curious about who were the family gatherings. Many of them were Scandinavians.

In Oslo, Norway I visited Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park, with many sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Many of his pieces were of men and boys. 

The attitude Scandinavian men hold toward women and children is very different than the Arab countries. 

Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park

Men as fathers, fathering, and fatherhood across and within culture...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:50pm

Typos, typos, typos!  Drat!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:49pm

Joan, I've been taking Neeurontin/gabapentin for about 13 years for diabetic neuropathy in my hands and feet...it works, and the only side affects I've had when I run out before my next FREE shipment reaches my doctor's office is electric schock-type pains in my feet and legs.  And numbness (more than usual) in my fingertips.

However, as of Feb 1st, Pfizer is no longer issuing Neurontin as part of their Connection to Care program, and I may have to switch to Lyrica; they are still issuing that one to low income patients.  Have to investigate it.

As I understand it, Neurontin was developed for nerve pain...particularly shingles (been there in the 1960s before there was any treatment...done that.  It's awful!  And I had a fairly mild case.) A friend who has Crohn's AND fibromyalgia was on Lyrica for several years; I need to get in touch with her, and ask questions.  I wish I could call her, but she is SO ill that I never know when is a "good" time.

E-kail, e-mail, e-mail....

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

Ian, I am so terribly sorry you experienced this irresponsible behavior and suffered physical and emotional pain because of it.

Thankfully, you had the ability to see past the insults and recognize the problem for what it was. Does she have training in depression/anxiety conditions? Is she prepared to deal with manipulation? 

Oh, how easy it is to blame staff when you should have been supported. Your country has union representation far better than we have been able to maintain in this country. 

My dream is to have unions in all places of employment all around the Earth. We cannot manipulate and exploit people who are poor and willing to work for slave wages in order to produce profits for the one %. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:56pm

Spud, those bunnies have certainly trained that human very well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:54pm

Felaine, Just to let you know I am thinking about you and hope all is well. 

My chemo MD prescribed Nerontin three weeks ago and upped the dosage yesterday. I assume you have read what the internet offers. 
Neurontin

This a stock photo, however it kind of represents what we are seeing here now. Things just beginning to come through the ground and snow in the hills. I still have little snow patches in my garden. 

In 2014, spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT.

First Day of Spring 2014: Vernal Equinox

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 4:35pm

Ian...I'm LOL-ing because I fixed basted eggs (on toast) for the first time in months this morning.  Only I used white-shelled eggs.  (did YOU take that photo?)

I think I'm going to have some ham, a red Garnet sweet potato, and Brussels sprouts for dinner.  Or maybe just the Garnet by itself...it's large enough for two people.  But I feel like I should have something to balance the sweetness.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 2:58pm

Here's one for all the Vegans

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 12:04pm

Wow Ian!  I'm Sorry you have such a boss.  I've had unpleasant bosses, but none that said anything like that to me.  That would stress me out for as long as I held the job!

That's funny about the squirrel running up your girlfriend.  I was in Scotland for 2 years and never saw many squirrels.  Was only in London one day and never visited a park, so I guess I missed them.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 11:47am

If you've ever seen the squirrels in London's parks those rabbits are not a suprise. I girlfriend I took over pulled out her camera and a squirrel ran up her trying to get at the camera to eat it.

Haven't had the computer on the past couple of days as I've been tired. Here's why:

Monday morning, as I was putting my coat on to go home from work, the boss turned up and said that she wanted a little chat. In her office she told me that I was the biggest problem she had, that I was the equivalent of having en extra resident in the care-unit and a difficult one at that and that something had to change. We arranged a further meeting for Thursday, later changed by her to Friday morning. This time I went "armed" with my union rep. The boss then DENIED saying the things she'd said the first time, made a u-turn, back-pedalled and was an incarnation of common sense. She even listened to what I had to say and approved. In the intervening days I took out my frustration at the gym with training sessions of 2-4 hours including long bursts on a stair machine. When the adrenaline finally ran out I was dog-tired but couldn't sleep because of the pains in my legs. Things have calmed down now and I'm starting to feel normal again, just hungry all the time.

The cause of all this was some long-term friction between me and one of the residents, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and has all his life used his problem to manipulate those around him. He does things like use an emergency call button at night to tell the duty worked to pick his clothes up off the floor, open the curtains, close the curtains, straighten his duvet......and I refuse to play the game. 

As a long-term depression sufferer myself I know very well the perverse pleasure there can be in wallowing in the condition and making others dance to the morbid tune. I also know that the only way to self-respect and dignity is in the struggle to live despite an illness.

That's been my week :-D

A good weekend to you all.

 

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